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Drama, Romance

Harold Pinter

United Kingdom


Karel Reisz

Story by
John Fowles



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Release date
18 September 1981

Based on
The French Lieutenants Woman by John Fowles

John Fowles (novel), Harold Pinter (screenplay)

Adapted from
The French Lieutenants Woman

Meryl Streep
Jeremy Irons
(Charles Henry Smithson),
Jeremy Irons
Hilton McRae
Emily Morgan
Charlotte Mitchell
(Mrs. Tranter)

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The French Lieutenant's Woman is a 1981 British romantic drama film directed by Karel Reisz, produced by Leon Clore and adapted by playwright Harold Pinter. It is based on the novel by John Fowles. The music score is by Carl Davis and the cinematography by Freddie Francis.


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The film stars Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. Other featured actors include Hilton McRae, Peter Vaughan, Colin Jeavons, Liz Smith, Patience Collier, Richard Griffiths, David Warner, Alun Armstrong, Penelope Wilton, and Leo McKern.

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The film was nominated for five Academy Awards. Streep was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

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The film intercuts the stories of two affairs. One is a Victorian period drama involving the gentleman palaeontologist Charles Smithson and the complex and troubled Sarah Woodruff, known as "the French lieutenant's woman". The other story is between the actors Mike and Anna, playing the lead roles in a modern filming of the story. In both segments, Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep play the lead roles. John Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman had multiple endings, and the two parallel stories in the movie have different outcomes.

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In the Victorian story, Charles enters into an intensely emotional relationship with Sarah, an enigmatic and self-inflicted outcast he meets while visiting his fiance Ernestina (Lynsey Baxter) in Lyme Regis. The two meet secretly in the Lyme Regis Undercliff, and eventually have sex in an Exeter hotel. This leads to Charles breaking his engagement, but Sarah then disappears. In social disgrace after being sued for breach of promise, Charles searches for Sarah, fearing she has become a prostitute in London. After three years, Sarah, who has a job as a governess in the Lake District, contacts Charles to explain that she needed time to find herself. Despite Charles's initial anger, he forgives her, and the two are reconciled. They are finally seen boating on Lake Windermere.

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In the modern story, the American actress Anna and the English actor Mike, both married, are shown as having an established affair during the making of the film. As filming concludes, although Mike wishes to continue the relationship, Anna becomes increasingly cool about the affair, and avoids Mike in favour of spending time with her French husband. During the film wrap party, Anna leaves without saying goodbye; Mike calls to Anna from an upstairs window as she drives away, using her character's name Sarah.


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  • Meryl Streep as Sarah Woodruff/Anna
  • Jeremy Irons as Charles Henry Smithson/Mike
  • Hilton McRae as Sam
  • Emily Morgan as Mary
  • Charlotte Mitchell as Mrs. Tranter
  • Lynsey Baxter as Ernestina
  • Jean Faulds as Cook
  • Peter Vaughan as Mr. Freeman
  • Colin Jeavons as Vicar
  • Liz Smith as Mrs. Fairley
  • Patience Collier as Mrs. Poulteney
  • John Barrett as Dairyman
  • Leo McKern as Dr. Grogan
  • Penelope Wilton as Sonia
  • Academy Awards

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  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep
  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration: Assheton Gorton, Ann Mollo
  • Best Costume Design: Tom Rand
  • Best Film Editing: John Bloom
  • Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium" Harold Pinter.
  • BAFTA Awards

  • Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music: Carl Davis
  • Best Actress: Meryl Streep
  • Best Sound: Don Sharp, Ivan Sharrock, Bill Rowe
  • Nominations
  • Best Film: Leon Clore
  • Best Actor: Jeremy Irons
  • Best Cinematography: Freddie Francis
  • Best Costume Design: Tom Rand
  • Best Direction: Karel Reisz
  • Best Editing: John Bloom
  • Best Production Design/Art Direction: Assheton Gorton
  • Best Screenplay: Harold Pinter
  • Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Actress: Meryl Streep
  • Nominations
  • Best Motion Picture – Drama: Leon Clore
  • Best Screenplay: Harold Pinter
  • Other awards

  • Evening Standard British Film Award Best Film: Karel Reisz
  • David di Donatello Awards: Best Screenplay for Foreign Film: Harold Pinter
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Best Actress: Meryl Streep
  • References

    The French Lieutenant's Woman (film) Wikipedia
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